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Happy Dependent’s Day

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Sign greeting patrons at Local 123 Cafe post-SCOTUS, Berkeley, CA.

On the Twitter the day the US Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage equality decisions, local chum Heather Flett (of Rookie Mom fame) sent not just her congratulations, but an offer to treat me to whatever felt treat-y. A drink right that very moment, or a coffee date to be redeemed soon. I picked coffee; we went to Local 123; and this sign greeted us. Fitting to post it today.

Because the A#1 and A#2 reasons I am grateful for the legal recognition of my partnership is the legal recognition conferred to Kid #1 and Kid #2.  An old African American Studies professor of mine used to say, of this nation: “It’s a beautiful experiment, still unfolding.” Which it is. Jury may still be out on how we realize democracy, but I’m prouder than usual to be an American today.

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THANK YOU.

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Pop-up dance party on Market Street, San Francisco, CA.

Consider this image a placeholder. Soon I hope to file a longer, more image-strewn and word-bedecked accounting of Mrs Dad’s and my foray into the City last night, in which we joined thousands of our kind in rejoicing the death of  Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

Above: just a block down from the epicenter intersection of Castro and Market Streets, someone had pulled up a bike that was tricked out with a ginormous, self-contained sound system on a trailer.  Castro Street between Market and 19th Street or so had been closed to auto traffic since late afternoon, to accommodate the throngs of celebrants, who numbered well into the thousands. But after 10pm, per custom (and city ordinance), the stage had been dismantled and the party had wound down, Castro Street reopened to traffic. Thus the pressing need for this pop-up party.

Dance music blared. People of all sorts danced. A bubble machine spewed bubbles.  And at the center of the swirl danced a woman with a sign conveying the sentiment that united us all.  Simply, Thank you.

 

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Hard to put it into words

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Precocious wordsmith, Berkeley, CA.

Events of the day, SCOTUS-wise, hard to put into words, but this one’s a start.

The above image came from the May, 2008 day the California State Supreme Court declared that our constitution protected all Californians’ right to enter into a legal marriage–regardless of which sex that Californian was. Here was the post then.

It has been five long, long years since then. But in another 25 or so days (procedural detail, but our Att’y General has been behind us all along), my brothers and sisters here will pick up where we all left off as of November 4, 2008.

Watch this space for more soon, when I can get more words together.

 

 

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Day of SCOTUS Marriage Equality Decision Rallies

So we now know: SCOTUS will release their marriage decisions tomorrow morning, Wednesday June 26th, circa 10am Eastern. The first two days of this week have already been rocky, with a partial victory (but not a decisive defeat) for Affirmative Action in the Texas case, handed down Monday, and a  mind-boggling gutting of the Voting Rights Act handed down this morning.

United for Marriage, a coalition of about three or four thousand organizations (okay, three or four HUNDRED), is coordinating and publicizing SCOTUS decision events in cities coast-to-coast. Check out where yours is here.

The San Francisco one is below, with MEUSA and over a dozen other orgs in on the event.

If you can volunteer to help, let ‘em know and sign up here!

SFDayofDecision2013

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Weekend bonus shot, 06.23.12

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At the end of the pier in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley, CA.

On Baba’s Day a week ago, we came back to the Berkeley marina after visiting my Pops. We ended our adventures here, at the terminus of the kilometer-long Berkeley pier. The remnants of the original portion of the pier pick up after a 50 foot gap (to allow passage through of small boats), and point just a little to the south of  the Golden Gate Bridge.

If the Supreme Court makes a big fat pronouncement tomorrow morning about LGBT civil rights, you can be sure that something or another will appear here as soon as I pick myself up from either the ceiling or the floor, depending. (Biting nails about Voting Rights and Affirmative Action rulings, also due out this week.) [UPDATE: No announcement Monday. More decisions on remaining cases will be made Tuesday morning, 10am Eastern; Thursday mornings are also a traditional decision day, but they're scheduling additional days this week to hand down decisions.]

As per usual, you should also check out what’s up over at Lesbian Family. Last Friday I posted several items of interest, one of which was a short and sweet interview (“A Few Minutes with Zach Wahls, Everly Lesbian Mom’s Dream Son“) and the other provided (or linked to) some helpful infographics (“Upcoming SCOTUS Rulings Clarified For You“).

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In the Words of Our Children: Supreme Court, Take Note

Marriage=AmiciCuriaeWe’re on the eve of the United States Supreme Court’s hearing arguments for and against marriage equality. Tuesday is Prop 8′s day in court, Wednesday DOMA takes the stand. The consequences, regardless of their ruling (expected in late June), will be significant, wherever you live. (Freedom to Marry’s got a useful all-on-one-page primer.)

Nearly a month ago, when all the friend of the court (or Amicus) briefs were being submitted to the Supreme Court, a half a dozen organizations submitted one on behalf of the youth–the people, usually seen in ads but rarely truly heard, in whose best interests these marriage laws are supposed to be working.

Read the rest of this post over at Lesbian Family…

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Same Love

If you haven’t seen this beautiful seven minute paean, here you go. Then, in a little over seven minutes from now, go to Washington United for Marriage and figure out how you can help, either by connecting to folks you know in WA, or by sending support from afar. THIS, folks, this is the election during which we turn the tide of hate. It’s about time.

Remember this gem from Australia?

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I’ll Take Obama’s Symbolic Gesture, Thank You Very Much!

UntitledPundits and analysts are actively working over yesterday’s statement by President Obama that “same-sex couples should be able to get married.” It was calculated! It was a cynical attempt to recoup lost demographics he needs to get elected! He just wants to motivate a lackluster base!

You know what? He said it, and that’s what matters to me. Because for me, and for millions and millions of other LGBT Americans (and the friends and family who know and love them), no matter how he got to that statement or why, he said it. I still got to hear those words come out of his mouth. It matters that a sitting president has, for the first time in history, recognized my rights to provide my family equal protection under the law.

Read the rest over at BlogHer.com, where this post appeared yesterday…

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